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Review: The 5th Wave

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Review: The 5th Wave

I only meant to read the first 100 pages of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave, in an attempt to get familiar with some of the science-fiction that was published this year (somehow I spent most of the year reading older books.) Then I almost didn’t finish the first 50 pages, because I didn’t think I was going to like it. I enjoy a lot of young adult novels, but I thought this one might be too young, the story too simple, and the main character too much of a teenager for me to identify with her.

I’m glad I kept reading it. It’s a fun book, though not nearly as good as all the overblown internet hype was leading me to believe.

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The Expanded World of Hellboy

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The Expanded World of Hellboy

Mike Mignola’s infernal creation is getting a lot of love lately: with several single issues and trades either just released or about to be released, all featuring Red and his family and friends (and enemies of course) now is a good time to dip your toes in the B.P.R.D. universe. Not that it’s ever a bad time for Hellboy, seeing as how Dark Horse starts a new mini-series every few months. But 2013’s been an especially prolific year for the big guy.

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Comic Issues #145 – ALL the games

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Comic Issues #145 – ALL the games

On the eve of the PlayStation 4 release we could have just talked about PlayStation games. Or we could talk about all the games, which is a lot more fun.

Join our heroes and heroine and special guest, writer and gaming expert J. Bear (known to his friends as Jordan, and to his enemies as Mr. High School Musical) in a massive next-gen rant as they geek out about tons of great games, past, present and future, and their hopes for the upcoming consoles.

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

It was around this time last year that I read Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (my review of it is here.) After reading it I cheerfully said “The sequel just came out! I can’t wait to read it!”

Apparently I could wait, because it took me a year to get around to it. And I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. I recommend you read it sooner.

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Comic Issues #143 – Halloween Wrap-Up

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Comic Issues #143 – Halloween Wrap-Up

We intended to talk about all sorts of things on this podcast. But once we started talking about our Halloweens, we just couldn’t stop.

Join our heroes and heroine as we debrief on Halloween 2013, including, most importantly, the winners for the Comic Issues Pumpkin Contest!

We also tease some people about their age, and some people about their “game.” No punches are pulled on this one.

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Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

No matter what your opinion is on Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has something to get your attention.

If you’re one of the many people who loved the original book, who identify with the characters, and who never get tired of such a classic story, this is a chance to reread it with a funny little twist to everything.

And if you’re the type of person who’d rather take a katana to the eye than read early 19th-century literature, well, you may have heard this book has zombies. And ninjas.

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Review: Suburban Legends

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Review: Suburban Legends

There are a lot of books on the paranormal that contain scholarly, objective descriptions of mysterious events.

This is not one of those books.

Suburban Legends by Sam Stall is a tongue-in-cheek look at ghosts, aliens, true-crime, and other weirdness that just happens to show up in the suburbs. It’s a quick, easy read, with every chapter standing on its own as a bite-sized urban legend.

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Comic Issues #141 – The Lair Strikes Back!

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Comic Issues #141 – The Lair Strikes Back!

The podcast crew is back at our favorite comic shop, The Villainous Lair, talking with comic expert, anime enthusiast, and katana snuggler Chris Mitchell.

This week brings us a little bit of everything: best dubbed anime, the All New Marvel “Now-er Than Ever,” Bee and Puppy-Cat, the Cartridge Family, and all the cool stuff you can win in the Comic-Issues Pumpkin Contest.

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